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I am using https://doc.sitecore.com/search/en/developers/search-developer-guide/getting-started-with-sitecore-search.html link to learn about Sitecore search and have couple of questions related to Sitecore search for XM cloud platform

  1. How is indexing different in Sitecore search than Solr indexing ?
  2. Can we use computed index field in Sitecore Search like Solr, if yes, how? If no, do we have any other substitute for it? Please let me know if there are any other useful links and videos on Sitecore Search used for XM cloud platform.
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  • Sitecore search is a completely different SaaS product from Sitecore. It is decoupled from XM Cloud. XM Cloud has an integrated search but that cannot be used for the website and is limited to the platform itself. Jan 4, 2023 at 10:04

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Sitecore Search is a SaaS product that is neither dependent on Sitecore, nor on Solr. So, you can use it for any given website.

When configured, Sitecore Search will crawl your website to build its own indexes. (These are not your Solr indexes) You can hit their REST APIs to get your search results. Ref: https://doc.sitecore.com/search/en/developers/search-developer-guide/using-sitecore-search-rest-apis.html

As far as you need Computed Index Fields, you will not have the same thing. But, there may be a similar feature you can configure either through the dashboard or the provided REST APIs.

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